Keiser University

Radiation Therapy, AS

Keiser University

This program is available in the following campuses:

Lakeland, Melbourne

* An Associate of Science degree is considered a terminal degree. The decision on course transferability rests with the receiving institution.

Keiser University’s Associate of Science degree in Radiation Therapy is dedicated to preparing its students to become professional radiation therapists.  Students will learn to utilize radiation and radioactive isotopes in the treatment of disease, primarily cancer.  Radiation therapists are highly skilled members of the cancer management team and responsible for accurately recording, interpreting and administering the treatment prescribed by radiation oncologists.  Students will learn how to localize tumors, implement treatment plans and evaluate the clinical progress of patients.  Students will also be trained to demonstrate a high quality of technical expertise, provide competent compassionate clinical care, and collaborate effectively with their colleagues.

Program Objectives

The following objectives are designed to meet the program’s mission and goals for Radiation Therapy:

  • Acquire the skills and knowledge to function effectively in their role as members of the radiation therapy team in delivering a planned course of treatment utilizing high energy photon or electron beams of radiation.
  • Competently demonstrate the use and application of ionizing radiation therapy units and devices.
  • Apply critical thinking and problem solving skills to achieve program goals and clinical objectives.
  • Exhibit professional and personal growth coupled with lifelong learning skills, communicating effectively with faculty, patients, families and members of the healthcare team.
  • Demonstrate fabrication and block cutting skills and the use of patient immobilization and treatment enhancing devices appropriately.

Prerequisites for Major Courses

  • Background check and drug screening when applicable.
  • Completion of all general education coursework with a minimum grade of “C” for each course.
  • Cumulative grade average of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0.

Program Outline

To receive an Associate of Science degree in Radiation Therapy, students must earn a total of 93.0 credit hours.  Each major course is a prerequisite for the subsequent course and therefore must be completed with a grade of “C” and a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or higher in order to proceed successfully through the program.  Program requirements are as follows:

Radiation Therapy Major Courses ( 67.0 credit hours total )
Introduction to Radiation Therapy 5.0 credit hours
Patient Care for the Radiation Therapist 5.0 credit hours
Principles and Practice of Radiation Therapy I 5.0 credit hours
Radiation Therapy Physics I 5.0 credit hours
Radiation Therapy Clinical I 3.0 credit hours
Radiation Therapy Clinical II 3.0 credit hours
Radiobiology & Pathology 5.5 credit hours
Radiation  Therapy Physics II 5.5 credit hours
Principles & Practice of Radiation Therapy II 5.5 credit hours
Quality Management 4.25 credit hours
Radiation Therapy Clinical III 3.0 credit hours
Radiation Therapy Clinical IV 3.0 credit hours
Treatment Planning and Dosimetry 4.25 credit hours
Radiation Therapy Clinical V 3.0 credit hours
Radiation Therapy Clinical VI 3.0 credit hours
Radiation Therapy Seminar 4.0 credit hours

General Education Courses ( 26.0 credit hours )

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